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Death of an Englishman by Magdalen Nabb

Death of an Englishman (1982)

by Magdalen Nabb

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In this first novel in the series Marshall Guarnaccia hardly appears at all. He spends most of the novel confined to bed in a fever. In the end he solves the murder from within his fever dreams, while everyone else is solving another crime that they believe will lead them to the solution of the murder. The points most interesting about this novel is not the murder mystery but the way it shows the regional and class tensions between Florentines and Southern Italians; the feel it has for the combination of worldliness and claustrophobia of the Florentine streets and apartments; and the comical British who seem to arrive from the Island of the clueless to settle into the city of Machiavellian alleys and Renaissance beauty.
  JerryMonaco | Oct 31, 2013 |
First in the Marshal Guarnaccia series, in which he investigates the death of a reprehensible expatriate. Even the minor characters are well-drawn and the reader almost feels as if she is in Italy. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
This book talk about a marshal wants to go south and spend the holiday with his wife and family. But he need to do something before. I'd like to introduce this book because of truth. I really thinking a lot. Every people will die, no matter who he/she is, no matter where does he/she from, no matter how old does he/she is. when we read book, we sigh with emotion and we find something new. Read this book, it is really a good book.
1 vote CongXu | Nov 28, 2011 |
This is a gentle introduction to the Marshal Guarnaccia series which involves the murder of a Mr Langley-Smythe, a retired Englishman, in a Florentine apartment. Guarnaccia's character is not yet fully formed but there is sufficient to demonstrate that his oblique approach to detection is worth following. ( )
  VictorTrevor | Nov 26, 2011 |
This is a detective book and actually i dont like detective story very much.it's about an englishman who has been killed in his own apartment and nobody knows what's going on there. The young pliceman tried to figure out who killed the englishman.
1 vote SydneyGao | Sep 25, 2011 |
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Introducing Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia of the Florentine carabinieri, a Sicilian stationed far from home. He wants to go south for Christmas to spend the holiday with his family, but he is laid up with the 'flu. At this awkward moment, the death of a retired Englishman is reported. Who has shot Mr Langley-Smythe in the back? And why has Scotland Yard felt it appropriate to send two detectives, one of whom speaks no Italian, to 'help' the marshal and his colleagues with their enquiries? Most importantly for the marshal, ever the Italian, will he be able to solve the crime sufficiently quickly for him to be able to join his family over the holiday season?

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